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Miss. bishops urging elected officials to be compassionate

By: Magnolia Tribune - January 29, 2009

The Clarion-Ledger, 1/29/9

Three religious leaders are asking Mississippi elected officials to show compassion toward the most vulnerable members of society – children, immigrants and poor people.

Working through a group called Congregations for Children, the bishops are asking legislators to expand access to health care, improve the juvenile justice system, and restore millions of dollars that have been cut from public education.

The bishops of the Jackson Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church hosted a breakfast Tuesday for dozens of lawmakers.

They’re also asking lawmakers to increase the cigarette tax to improve public health and boost state revenues and to defeat bills that would put more restrictions on immigrants.

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